The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on July 21st 2019 launched a new route between the central city of Danang and Busan city, connecting Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK).
This is the third route linking Vietnam and Busan run by Vietnam Airlines, following those connecting Busan and Vietnam’s major cities of Hanoi and HCM City. It is also the seventh route between the two countries.
Vietnam Airlines uses Airbus A321 with four-star international standard for the flights, which are expected to bring more RoK visitors to Vietnam, and vice versa.
Flights on the route are scheduled to take off at 0:20am from Danang and 7:30am from Busan on Tuesday; and at 0:50am from Danang and 8:00am from Busan on Saturday.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyễn Vũ Tú hailed efforts make by Vietnam Airlines to open the new air route to Busan – the second largest city of the RoK, meeting the increasing travel demand as well as boosting economic and trade relations between Vietnam and the RoK.
In 2018, Vietnam Airlines carried over 350,000 passengers on flights connecting Hanoi, HCM City and Busan, contributing to promoting trade and tourism between the two countries.
Vietnam Airlines has been certified with a four-star airline rating by prestigious international air transport rating organisation Skytrax for the fourth consecutive year. It is striving to become the first five-star airline in Vietnam after 2020.
From January to June, Vietnam Airlines operated 73,650 safe flights, transporting more than 13.9 million passengers and over 180,000 tonnes of goods, a year-on-year increase of 2 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.
In the last six months of 2019, besides implementing drastic efforts to restructure, Vietnam Airlines plans to complete a new investment of 20 narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircrafts; receiving and operating three wide-body Boeing 787-10 aircrafts; implementing the plan to invest 50 narrow-body aircrafts in the period of 2021-2025.
The carrier will also research and deploy new services to enhance passengers’ experience such as internet on airplanes, replace non-environmentally friendly products, and launch new menus in business class.
During the two days of 12th and 13th July, 2019, nearly 600 guests including senior management, company members and distinguished guests of The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade Of Vietnam (Vietcombank) attended the Half-year Business Summary Conference 2019.
This event took place at International Convention Palace (ICP) – Furama Resort Danang. Besides the conference meetings, the guests also enjoyed 5-star services and culinary experiences, highlighting the Gala Dinner at our iconic oceanfront Courtyard and Café Indochine restaurant.
Vietcombank is currently one of the largest commercial banks in Vietnam with 101 branches and 395 offices nationwide. Their banking operations are also supported by a network of over 1,726 correspondent banks in 158 countries and territories around the world. Vietcombank is continuously voted as the “Best Bank in Vietnam” by prestigious organizations in the world and is the first and only bank in Vietnam to be in the Top 500 World Banks according to The Banker Magazine.
On July 24th and 25th, 2019, the Potatoes USA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) organised a training program on American potatoes and red meat at Furama Resort Danang. This training course was organised with the participation of nearly 50 chefs from prestigious restaurants and hotels in Da Nang, Hoi An and Can Tho, under the guidance of Ms. Sabrina Yin – USMEF ASEAN Director, Ms. Phuong Dang – representative of Potatoes USA in Vietnam and renowned chefs of the two associations. The content of the training mainly focused on the introduction and demonstration of creative recipes for American potatoes and red meat, helping these cooks to learn new skills and innovative ways to enrich their own menu.
The all-new luxurious BMW X7, imported and distributed by THACO, was successfully launched to Danang market in the middle of July 2019 at Ariyana Convention Centre Danang after its launching ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Alongside the launching ceremony, 400 distinguished guests had the chance to enjoy a feast of delectable cuisine prepared by the professional Ariyana culinary team and immerse in flawless performances from famous Vietnamese singers including Diva Hong Nhung, Truong The Vinh, etc.
New-generation BMW X5 & BMW X3 models with sporty and stylish design were also introduced to customers in Danang during this event.
It was our honour to welcome young talented Japanese singer Meik to Furama Resort Danang to visit Furama Resort Danang!
In June 2018, Meik released her music video “Feeling Good”- a happy song about the love of youth, with beautiful shootings done in Danang city, which is considered a symbol of the friendly relationship between Vietnam and Japan. Especially, Meik participated in Vietnam–Japan Culture Exchange Festival in Danang this July and in the Vietnam Festival in Japan in May 2018
From a young top kid dancer at the age of 5, Meik has become a phenomenon among Japan artists. In 2013, she was known as a member of J-Dee’Z. In order to continue her singing passion, Meik began to work as a solo artist in 2017, with her songs reaching thousands of views on Youtube.
On August 09th 2019, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a meeting at Furama Resort Danang to praise the outstanding religious dignitaries who have made significant contributions to national development.
The event was attended by Politburo Member, Secretary of Party Central Committee, Head of the Mass Mobilization Commission Truong Thi Mai; Politburo Member, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh; Secretary of the Party Central Committee, President of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man, Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang, Secretary of the Danang Municipal Party Committee Truong Quang Nghia and nearly 150 delegates representing 43 religious organisations of 16 religions.
Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recognised and highly appreciated the positively national constructive and defensive spirit as well as the solidarity of religious organisations.
By August 2019, Vietnam is home to more than 26 million religious followers with nearly 56.000 dignitaries; 29,396 worshiping facilities; about 45,000 religious faith facilities and 3,000 relics related to religious facilities, especially some of them were recognised by UNESCO as the World Heritage Sites.
On July 25th 2019, at St. Regis Mumbai Hotel, Danang Tourism Department in cooperation with Bangkok Airways organised Danang Tourism Presentation to promote Danang tourism products and services to the Indian market as well as connect tourism enterprises and wedding planners in Danang and India. The program was conducted as part of a plan to diversify the city’s international tourism market mix that the local authority has approved for the 2019-2020 period.
The event welcomed the attendance of Mr. Tran Xuan Thuy – the Vietnamese Consul General in Mumbai, India; Mr. SudhirPatil – Founder and Director of Veena World, one of the top Indian travel agencies and President of Maharashtra Tour Organisers’ Association (MTOA); together with MTOA members and 72 distinguished guests. Speaking at the event, Mr. Tran Xuan Thuy emphasised the considerable potential of Danang tourism, the most worth-living city in Vietnam to Indian market.
In recent years, Danang has seen an unbalanced market mix in tourism sector and has been seeking for new potential markets. Danang Tourism Presentation program in Mumbai was an opportunity for the city to diversify its reach and expand into this huge market. With 4.5-hour Mumbai – Bangkok direct flight and 2-hour flight from Bangkok to Danang, Bangkok Airways offers great convenience to connect the largest city of India to Danang. The participants highly appreciated Danang and expressed their desire to bring events from other popular destinations such as Phuket and Bali to Danang. For the Indian market, leisure guests make up 40% of the total visitors, 40% being M.I.C.E tourists and the rest 20% being wedding tourists. Most participants have never been to Danang and this is an opportunity for them to gain an in-depth look into the destination and facilities and services of this coastal city.
Mr. Cong Nghia Nam, Director of Sales of Ariyana Tourism Complex, which comprises of Furama Resort Danang, Furama Villas Danang, Ariyana Convention Centre and the 1,450-key Ariyana Beach Resort and Suites Danang scheduled to open in late 2020 addressed: “Recognising the potential of Indian market, we have been making business plans to approach this market after the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 2017 which took place at Ariyana Convention Centre in November 2017. We have established an official representative office in India and taken part in key activities to promote Vietnam and Danang tourism to Indian market, including hosting FAM Trips from India, organising Indian Cuisine Week and Vietnamese culinary exchange in India as well as employing Indian chefs to ensure the Indian dishes preserve the traditional tastes.”
”We also received special attention from Indian wedding organisers and M.I.C.E companies considering the fact that Indian people often travel in big groups from 500 to 1,000 guests. In addition, Indian firms in the pharmaceutical, technology, finance and banking industries – the major Indian industry sectors also expressed their interest in organising their events in Danang.”, Cong added.
Mr. Minnat Lalpuria – Founder and CEO of Vachan, a leading Indian event agency opined: “We are really impressed by Danang’s unique landscapes and diverse accommodation system. We will definitely consider moving events from familiar destinations such as Thailand and Indonesia to Danang.”
According to Mr. Nguyen Duc Quynh – Deputy Chairman for the steering committee of Danang Hotel Association, “In regards to the tourism market mix of Danang in particular and Vietnam in general, we strongly depend on only 1 or 2 markets. Expanding into India would be the inevitable solution in order to balance the market mix. With a large number of potential customers from India, I believe that we will be able to solve this thorny problem of Danang tourism industry”.
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has predicted that approximate 50 million Indian tourists travel overseas and Vietnam definitely is an unskippable country. Having recognised the huge potential from this market, Danang is promoting its image to Indian customers through major activities such as welcoming H.E President of India Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady during a state visit to the central city of Danang in November 2018, hosted by the Vietnamese government at the Furama International Convention Palace; organising culinary exchanges between 2 countries and hosting Indian FAM trips to get to know the city’s tourism products. It is also expected that direct flights between Danang and India will be executed in the upcoming time. Besides, the city will also develop and improve its facilities in order to attract more Indian visitors. Promoting Danang to the second most populous country in the world with 1.31 billion people will be the solution to balance the international tourism market mix for the most worth-living city in Vietnam.
With the aim of developing tourism to broader and diversified international tourist markets, Danang is convinced that India is a potential market that needs to be promoted more. Accordingly, Danang Department of Tourism will organise a roadshow to introduce Danang tourism in Mumbai on July 25th, 2019.
The leaders of Danang Department of Tourism, Travel Agency Management Section, Danang Center for Tourism Promotion and many tourism enterprises in the city will attend the program, with the presence of General Consulate of Vietnam in Mumbai, Indian Association of Travel Agencies in Mumbai, Indian tour operators and event organizations.
The road-show will include the introduction of new tourism products, promotion programs, and the exchange program in Danang travel industry. Danang Center for Tourism Promotion, additionally, will cooperate with Bangkok Airways to introduce new air routes, discuss the promotion of direct flights from Mumbai – Danang, and facilitate tourism cooperation between the two cities in particular and between Vietnam and India in general.
Mr. Cong Nghia Nam – Director of Sales of Ariyana Convention Centre and Furama Resort Danang will participate in this roadshow.
Considered as the largest financial conference in the country, the 6th Vietnam International Conference in Finance (VICIF) brought together the most prestigious domestic and foreign scholars from universities around the world. This year, VICIF was held at Furama Resort Danang in 04th and 05th of July, 2019. The seminar was hosted by Danang University of Economics, Vietnam Finance Association International (VFAI), Foreign Trade University, Ho Chi Minh city University of Economics, University of Economics – Law and the Open University.
VICIF 2019 attracted the participation of 35 scholars from the universities of the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong and China besides the presence of 45 scientists from leading universities in Vietnam. The highlight of this year’s conference is the attendance and presentation of keynote speakers: Professor Sumit Agarwal – Professor of Finance, Economics and Real Estate at National University of Singapore. With in-depth studies in variety fields of finance, Professor Sumit Agarwal has brought up at VICIF attractive and intensive essays for the conference participants.
With world-class caliber, VICIF 2019 is an important event in the academic community in finance and banking, becoming the leading forum for outstanding global financial discussions, as well as in Asian and Vietnamese markets, in the current period.
Central Vietnam was recently named among the top 10 leading destinations in the Asia-Pacific region to visit this year by Lonely Planet, the well-known global travel site.
The vast region of the Asia-Pacific has its food delights, its forests, its seas teeming with life, and its cities fizzing with culture and creativity. Lonely Planet’s travel experts explored its highlands, islands, and everything in between to find the best places to visit this year.
Book-ended by the kinetic energy of Ho Chi Minh City and the (slightly) more relaxed historic ambience of Hanoi, central Vietnam is one of the country’s most diverse regions, the site wrote.
It praised Hue’s vibrant cuisine showcasing the city’s imperial legacy, while further south, in Hoi An ancient town’s storied laneways, local dishes include fragrant “cao lau” noodles. Seafood is the star in nearby Da Nang, and the city on the banks of the Han River is becoming one of Vietnam’s most exciting urban destinations.
Lonely Planet also appreciated the international air links with many Asian cities providing easy access to attractions like the recently famous Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills near Da Nang and the world-beating caves and rugged river and jungle wilderness of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province, Vietnam’s “Kingdom of Caves”, including the world’s largest cave, Son Doong.
The first sightseeing tour by seaplane between Hue and Da Nang was launched recently by Hai Au Aviation, with 30-minute, 40-minute, and 80-minute flights, providing tourists with a bird’s eye view of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the two cities as well as the country’s most beautiful coastal scenery. Hai Au Aviation plans to open a similar service between Da Nang and Dong Hoi city in Quang Binh, which will shorten the travel time from six to seven hours by road to only 70 minutes by air and give passengers an impressive view over the central region.
Other places on the Lonely Planet list include Margaret River and southern Western Australia in Australia, Shikoku in Japan, the Bay of Islands and Northland in New Zealand, Singapore, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Palawan in the Philippines, Beijing in China, and Cambodia.
Vietnam hosted 45.5 million domestic tourists and 8.5 million foreign tourists in the first half of this year, up 6 per cent and 7.5 per cent year-on-year, respectively, according to the General Statistics Office.
Source: Vietnam Economic Times